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Education Program Coordinator
Jennifer Van Winkle
Tour Coordinator/Education Assistant
Dorothy Hambright
Docent Educator
Linda Levokove
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Summer Arts

The Museum’s annual arts academy, for rising 4th -12th graders, combines high-quality studio programs with explorations of the Museum’s summer exhibitions. Electives vary each year and may include music, movement/dance, digital arts, and much more. The program’s goal is to connect arts-interested youth with the inspirational possibilities of experiencing and creating artwork, mentored by arts educators and professional artists. Approximately 50% of our Summer Arts youth receive full scholarships. Sponsorships are welcome.

2007: July 9-20, July 23-August 3, and August 6-10


Group Tours
Interactive docent-led tours of our special exhibitions and permanent collection galleries are available to schools and adult groups.

Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance by either:


Parking information will be provided.

Art Stretchers

Senior centers/residences are invited to participate in this series, designed to open our minds to the art concepts found in our special exhibitions and permanent collection galleries. The program provides gallery tours and discussion as well as art production.


Writer’s Eye
Now celebrating its 20th year, the Writer’s Eye invites youth in grades 3–12, University students and adults to submit original prose and poetry compositions inspired by selected works on view in the Museum.

For 2006-2007, the major focus of the program was the special exhibition Complicit! Contemporary American Art & Mass Culture. Area teachers and writers judge all entries. High school and University/adult entries are judged by noted authors and poets. Winners are honored at an annual ceremony in the spring and winning entries are published in an anthology.

Docent-led tours and self-guided are tours available and must be scheduled in advance. 2007-2008 tours will be available for booking in summer of 2007.


Writer’s Eye Archives:
2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

Early Visions
Early Visions is an educational series (4-8 weeks), in which at-risk students are mentored by student docents of the University of Virginia Art Museum through weekly tours and art projects. This year the Museum is working with two different groups from the Boys & Girs Club of Charlottesville/Albemarle County.

In this outreach program, UVA students lead students in activities which explore the Museum's exhibitions and relate their discoveries to their own lives. Together mentors and program participants create individual hands-on art projects in the Museum Education Resource Center. Guest artists, performers and musicians offer other arts-related activities. Opportunities may be available for student docents introduce particpants to the University setting and possible career chioices including backstage looks at the operation of the Museum.